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Alexis Jane Torre
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Alexis Jane Torre is also known as just A.J. She is 21 years old and attends the University of Arizona (Honors College). She is studying Communication and Math. She hopes to work in the education field one day because she has had awesome teachers and professors who really inspired and supported her, and she hopes to be able to do the same for others. She enjoys getting way too into Fantasy Basketball, putting her arms up on roller coasters, chilling out in coffee shops, and cheering on her Arizona Wildcats!

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22 Things I've Learned at 22

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 4:02 PM

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling like a college senior who thought college would set me on a permanent life path, but instead I am left with more questions, more interests to pursue, and a list of a mere 22 things that I have learned.

1. I've learned...

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The Opposite of Loneliness and Where You Can Find It

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 3:00 PM

Recently, I started reading my roommate's copy of The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan, and I immediately became immersed in it. As other readers (and the intro by Anne Faidman) have said, Keegan does a great job of capturing being young and in college. When I read her essay...

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Five New Year's Resolutions Ideas for College Students

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 12:05 PM

I am very pro-New Year's Resolutions. Yes, sometimes, we are overly ambitious and make too many goals. Yes, sometimes, we don't stick to these lists; within just a few days, we may have already broken one of our apparent to-do's for the year. And, yes, you can make change at...

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A Thank You Note to The Huffington Post

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 11:15 PM

In the spirit of Thanksgiving (which is indeed a holiday, despite people's best efforts to skip over it and go straight to Christmas), I've decided to write a blog post over something I am and have been thankful for over the past four years. Specifically, I'm writing about how grateful...

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The Paradoxes in Getting More Women and Minorities in STEM

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 2:24 PM

The other day, I got an email from a mathematics grad program, encouraging me to apply. At the end of the email, they listed off some statistics about the "diversity" of their grad program: they have 47 grad students with 11 females and 4 from underrepresented groups. And, this statistic...

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Quotes to Inspire Adventure at Anytime

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 2:13 PM

We tend to equate the end of summer with the end of adventures. We return from our carefree summers to our school and work routine, adjusting back into the "busy trap" as Tim Kreider discussed in his article for The New York Times (I could probably blog/rant on...

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Where You Can Find Yourself

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 3:54 PM

You can find yourself in a yoga class (or whatever workout floats your boat), feeling strong and willing to try a new pose. You accept that you could totally fall on your face in front of strangers, and it is what it is. For the first time in a long...

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5 Books to Get You Out of Your Literary Comfort Zone

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 5:44 PM

So, one of my New Year's resolutions was to expand the types of books I read. While reading has always been a hobby of mine, I tend to gravitate towards the same types of books: fiction stories and John Green novels. Partially inspired by Mark Zuckerberg's New Year's resolution to...

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5 TED Talks for Encouragement and Motivation

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2015 | 10:52 AM

So, when I get stressed or worried, one of my favorite things to do is watch TEDTalks. Not only do they provide much needed study breaks, but they also are a kind of guilt-free way to relax. You still get a little mental break while still learning some crazy interesting...

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10 Quotes to Start Off the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 11:26 AM

Confession: I am one of those people that really enjoy New Year's and the idea of New Year's resolutions as cheesy/ overly optimistic as the idea of starting anew may be. While I get that you can set goals for yourself and create a clean slate any time you like,...

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5 Ways to Spend Your Winter Break

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 6:02 PM

You know that whole "every summer has a story" quote, and how it sounds really romantic, bringing ideas of youth, night swimming, and hanging out with friends? You know what doesn't sound young, romantic or remotely cool in any way? "Every winter break has a story." It's really hard to...

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5 Books to Read this Semester

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 9:51 AM

If you feel the need to read something that is less intense than your textbooks but still at a higher level than a Buzzfeed list, check out my list of recommendations of books to read this semester!

1. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn:
Even if you've already seen the...

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Quotes to Start off the New School Year!

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 5:12 PM

I always feel a little lazy when I do a blog post on quotes. But, I also believe that sometimes they're called for because I tend to struggle with how to phrase what I want to say or how to get my point across. And, then I come across these...

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Your Biggest Story Doesn't Have to Be a Love Story

(1) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 11:50 AM

A couple nights ago, I was looking for something to watch on TV, and I stumbled on 27 Dresses. A movie that I remember really enjoying when I first watched it. But, as I re-watched it, I found it myself basically cringing at half of the scenes. Within the first...

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Staying in a College Town Over the Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 12:02 PM

Even though I've lived in Tucson for about two years now, I haven't really embraced it as a home away from home. Instead, I decided to focus on its shortcomings in comparison to my hometown. The roads are bumpy and pothole-ridden. The houses aren't tucked away into the suburban neighborhoods...

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blog

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 2:50 AM

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a thank you/ goodbye email to the fabulous Liz Perle, who was the first person I ever reached out to at the Huffington Post. It was a boring Sunday afternoon during my senior year of high school. I somehow stumbled upon HuffPost High School...

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Because It's Not Really About Me

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 9:47 PM

In my HuffPo blog post about participating on an Alternative Breaks trip over Spring Break (which was titled "Alternative Breaks: An Experience That Lasts Past Spring Break's End," a pretty appropriate title considering that I'm writing about it yet again), I brought up avoiding issues that make us uncomfortable, talking...

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Be a Girl Who Writes

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2014 | 7:49 PM

I've seen some very beautifully-written pieces about dating a girl who reads and dating a girl who writes. And, they are fantastic and so much more meaningful than any other dating advice I've seen on the interwebs lately. But, I feel like these pieces still aren't fully complete. Because you...

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Some Dating Advice on Dating Advice

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 9:14 AM

Sometimes, when I go without reading teen magazines or websites for a while, I forget that how much outdated dating advice is still out there. So, naturally, it shocks me to read some article called "10 Reasons Why You're Still Single," and have all these reasons revolve about how intimidating...

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Alternative Breaks: An Experience That Lasts Past Spring Break's End

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:08 PM

This spring break was certainly an adventure to say the least. Navigating through subway stations and crowded New York sidewalks. Getting lost in an unfamiliar city in an unfamiliar state in the pouring rain (which is pretty unfamiliar weather to me). Bundling up in layers of shirts and being sure...

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